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Houston's Unrestrained Capitalism Made Harvey Worse.

Discussion in 'Latest Political News and Current Events' started by georgephillip, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. georgephillip

    georgephillip Governor

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    Dr. Robert Bullard was in the process of evacuating his Houston home when he offered these thoughts to Democracy Now! earlier this week:

    https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/29/dr_robert_bullard_houston_s_unrestrained

    "Harvey and the aftermath, the flooding of Houston and the surrounding areas, it’s of biblical proportions.

    "This is a nightmare.

    "And the images that you see on television and you hear the voices of people who have been just totally destroyed. And this is a situation where I think it’s telling us that we have to change.
    We have to change the way we do business and the way that we as humans interact with our environment..."

    " Houston is actually—was a catastrophe waiting to happen, given the fact you have unrestrained capitalism, no zoning, laissez-faire regulations when it comes to control of the very industries that have created lots of problems when it comes to greenhouse gases and other industrial pollution.

    "The impact that basically has been ignored for many years.

    "And so the fact that—it is a disaster, but it is a very predictable disaster."

    Capitalism makes massive fortunes for a few parasites by socializing the cost of its negative externalities on the poorest, most vulnerable communities, like those lining "Cancer Alley" in Houston.

    It's time the rich paid their fair share of clean-up costs.
     
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  2. PhilFish

    PhilFish Moderator Staff Member

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    which aspect of capitalism precisely, or gas specifically - lent itself to the enhancement of a deluge of 49 inches of rain...?
     
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  3. freyasman

    freyasman Senator

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    What a pussy. :rolleyes:
    And he's clueless as well; any major city is a clusterfuck during any kind of serious emergency..... It's a natural consequence of cramming several hundred thousand to a few million people into a small geographic area. :cool:

    Anybody who would pay any attention to a whiny little bitch like this is even more pathetic than he is.
     
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  4. The Thinker

    The Thinker Over The Top Abuser

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    Huh? Houston has no zoning? I find that incredibly difficult to believe.
     
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  5. The Thinker

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    Oh come now, forget the details. Now repeat after me:

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  6. marvin martian

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    I thought racist rain made it worse. Can't you commies get your story straight?
     
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  7. freyasman

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    That part is true; we have very little zoning here.
     
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  8. georgephillip

    georgephillip Governor

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    What do you say to his allegation that Houston, the fourth largest city in the US, has no zoning regulations?

    https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/29/hurricane_harvey_zip_code_race_determine

    DR. ROBERT BULLARD: Well, the best predictor of health and well-being in our society, and including Houston, is ZIP Code. You tell me your ZIP Code, I can tell you how healthy you are. And one of the best predictors of environmental vulnerability is ZIP Code and race. And all communities are not created equal. Houston’s people of color communities historically have borne the burden for environmental pollution, and also the impact of flooding and other kinds of natural and man-made disasters..."

    "Houston is the fourth-largest city, but it’s the only city that does not have zoning. And what it has is—communities of color and poor communities have been unofficially zoned as compatible with pollution. And we say that is—we have a name for it. We call that environmental injustice and environmental racism. It is that plain and it’s just that simple."
     
  9. georgephillip

    georgephillip Governor

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    If the burning of fossil fuels have contributed to rising sea levels as well as increasing water and atmospheric temperatures, Big Oil is culpable for some percentage of the misery we see across Houston today.
     
  10. freyasman

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    So what?
    Houston is just like the rest of the U.S.; if you don't want to live there, no one is forcing you to. It's a city, not an interment camp.
     
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    Capitalism?!?

    Ah, if only they could've been the great stewards of the land that the Communists in China are, correct? I mean...snow IS supposed to fall from the sky in grayish hues...right??
     
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  12. PhilFish

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    sure..so...all of us. you included
     
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  13. georgephillip

    georgephillip Governor

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    Trump did it!
    [​IMG]
    :p
     
  14. georgephillip

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    We are all responsible for rising global temperatures to one degree or another; however, Big Oil was doing independent, peer reviewed research into the question of climate change forty years ago and coming to the conclusion that burning massive amounts fossil fuels was indeed fueling global warming.

    Today oil companies are factoring climate change in to their economic models, especially the effects of rising sea levels on the drilling platforms and coastal refineries, yet they continue to fund climate change denial for public consumption.:mad:
     
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    PhilFish Moderator Staff Member

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    I could have told them that for free. so?

    man...demands those massive amounts of fossil fuel..so, again, the culpability is shared.
     
  16. georgephillip

    georgephillip Governor

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    Only capitalist snow falls in grayish hues; communist snow falls in pristine white or blood red.:confused:

    Did you know over the past month, more than 1200 people have died amid flooding in Bangladesh, Nepal, and India?
     
  17. georgephillip

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    Humanity demands massive amounts of energy, but that doesn't mean fossil fuels are the only source of that demand. Government continues massive subsidies to fossil fuels that could probably be put to better use in wind, solar, or tidal production.
     
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  18. georgephillip

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    It's the country's dirtiest city, proving once again how a few capitalists get rich by privatizing profit and socializing costs like cancer treatment on poor bystanders.
    [​IMG]

    "This picture says it all. From Houston to Galveston (in the lower right corner) to Port Arthur (just off the top right corner of the map), this is perhaps the most polluted, definitely the most clustered area in the nation. The Port Arthur area is where the Keystone XL pipeline would end, bringing tons of dirty tar sands and refinery waste to an already beleaguered community."
    http://grist.org/cities/5-highly-polluted-urban-areas-you-dont-want-to-live-if-you-can-help-it/
     
  19. freyasman

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    And?
    I say again; if anyone has a problem with it, they can move.
    BTW, if you've ever been to a third-world city, you would realize that most of the world lives in far worse conditions.
     
  20. georgephillip

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    Roger that.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...nepal-millions-affected-says-un-a7920721.html

    "More than 40 million people have been affected by devastating floods and landslides in South Asia, UN humanitarian agencies have said.

    "Torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 1,200 people and left millions fleeing their homes in India, Bangladesh and Nepal over the last fortnight."
     

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